2016-2017 Members



Janet Hakim

Executive Vice President

Laleh Mourtil

Vice President

Richard Blau


Howard Wohl


Dr. Judy Hirsch



Head of School

Dr. Cindy Dolgin
Head of School
Dr. Dolgin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, and made aliya shortly after college graduation.  Jewish education is Dr. Dolgin's second career, the first being as a Tel Aviv-based computer programmer and systems analyst in banking and Israeli hi-tech. After studying computers at Mechon Sivan, and living and working in Israel for 8 years, Dr. Dolgin returned to New York with her husband and two children. She knew that a career-change was necessary in order to continue contributing to the well-being of the Jewish people from her new home on Long Island, so Dr. Dolgin found a new professional path as a teacher and Religious School principal at the Hungtington Jewish Center. With her own children then enrolled as students at a Schechter Day School, Dr. Dolgin had an epiphany that Jewish Day Schools are by far the most effective means for educating young Jews in the Diaspora, and she wanted to get in on the action. She began working on a Masters degree in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, student taught at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County, and was a member of the second Cohort of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and the first Cohort of the Day School Leadership Training Institute. She then began working on an Ed.D. in Religion and Education at Columbia University - Teachers College, and in 2003, she became Judaic Studies Principal at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, completing her doctorate in 2005.  Subsequently, Dr. Dolgin served for 3 years as the Director of Admissions and Placement at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, before becoming Lower School Principal right here at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County, now known as the Schechter School of Long Island.  In August, 2011, Dr. Dolgin stepped up to the position of Head of School.


Board of Trustees


Adam Altman

Scott Bernstein - Scott Bernstein is a Schechter parent and and principal of SB Capital Group in Great Neck, NY.  Formerly a practicing attorney, Scott received his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts from Union College.  Scott has served on the Board of Directors of several for profit and non-profit institutions including ADL and Hatzilu. Scott is an active member of AIPAC and Temple Beth Torah in Jericho. Scott and Andrea Bernstein live in Muttontown, NY and are parents to Samara, Jonah and Jesse.

Ellen Weiss Chavkin

Dan Kamensky - Dan and his wife Amy have great love for Schechter and its nurturing environment for their daughter Mia, who is currently in third grade. Dan was introduced to the enormous benefits of the Schechter experience from Amy, a graduate of Schechter Queens. Dan is Managing Partner of Marble Ridge Capital LP, an investment fund focused on value-oriented distressed opportunities. Prior to founding Marble Ridge, Dan was a Partner at Paulson & Co. Inc. and previously worked at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. Dan started his career as an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and clerked on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was raised in Chicago, is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, and received his BA from Georgetown University and JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Dan is a former Member of the New York City Board of Directors for the Jewish National Fund and Co-Chair of its Finance for Israel Group. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of Aleh Negev, a rehabilitative community in Ofakim, Israel. Dan has great love of Israel and looks forward to supporting all Schechter activities.

Arthur M. Katz - 

Arthur M. Katz is president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale which he founded in 1975, serves the New York metropolitan area.  He is an expert in termite, bed bug, rodent, bird, carpenter ant and bee/wasp control. Katz is recognized as an innovator in the field of pest management.   It is important to Katz to be able to provide property owners with “green” sound alternatives.   He is past president of the New York State Pest Management Association and is a past board member of the National Pest Management Association.  Katz was appointed by District Attorney Kathleen Rice to the Nassau County Task Force on Bed Bugs in the spring of 2011.

Katz is past chair person of the Long Island Cabinet of UJA-Federation of New York and a former member of the New York Board of Directors from 1990-1993.  Arthur was president of United Jewish Y’s of Long Island and has served as its chairman of the board.

In August 2001 Katz was appointed Vice-Chairman Long Island Division for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Click her to continue reading.


Jill Kiewe

Manda Kristal

Dalia Lisker

Orna Neutra

Sandy Quentzel - Sandy Quentzel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tulane University with a major in Accounting. In addition, she obtained an MBA in Finance and International Business from NYU and a Certificate in Taxation from Fordham University. She became a CPA in 1996, beginning her career at Deloitte and Touche. She also worked at JP Morgan and as a research analyst at Standard & Poor's. Just prior to the birth of her first child she was employed at Charles Schwab as a Financial Planner. In 2008, she and her husband Andrew moved to Roslyn Harbor, NY where they currently reside with their two children, Sophie (SSDS Class of 2024) and Samuel (SSDS Class of 2025). In addition to the volunteer work she does at SSDS, she serves as the Financial Trustee for the Village of Roslyn Harbor. In that capacity she helps oversee the daily operations of the village as well as its annual budget.

Rebecca Yousefzadeh Sassouni

Rebecca Schaja

Rachel Schor

Dr. Jay Steinberg - Jay Steinberg and his wife Ellen have been associated with SSLI since 1990 when their eldest child started kindergarten.  Their youngest child graduated from the high school in 2014. They firmly believe that Schechter provided their four children with an education second to none.  Jay has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003, and he currently serves as chair of the Committee on Trustees.  Jay was raised in Huntington and returned there in 1988 to work and raise his family.  In addition to being a clinical gastroenterologist for 27 years, he is a past-president at the NYULangone Huntington Medical Group.  He received his BA from Princeton University and his MD from NYU School of Medicine.  Jay serves on the Board of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, he is a member of the Long Island UJA-Federation Council, and he is past-president of Huntington Jewish Center.  Jay is an active member of AIPAC and has a great love for Israel.

Peter Tannenbaum


PA Co-Chair   

Deborah Gubin 
Sheryl Gordon



Rabbi Rafi Rank

Rabbi Michael Stanger